As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of American women's right to vote, this program educates as it entertains while recognizing the struggles and sacrifices of the Suffragette Movement's most important figures.
As a response to this Movement, many new songs were composed, complete with original lyrics and melodies. Others were created by changing the lyrics of songs already popular, and songs from the theater had a special flair all their own. This concert features selections from all of these types of songs, as well as new songs written by female composers that were commissioned especially for this concert, set to primary-source texts directly relevant to this historical time period.
This program is far from the typical recital! Original footage and authentic costuming will provide further context and supplementation, and a spoken narrative is woven into the concert to guide audiences through the historical events of this Movement.
Though the pandemic is currently preventing live performances of this program, plans are in motion for in-person concerts for 2021. In the meantime, the concert has been re-formatted into a documentary-style video, complete with the costumes and historical images, and narratives used in the live performance, making it a wonderful way to stay engaged and learn about our history safely via a virtual platform. The video will soon be available for on-demand rental.
Through the course of this program, audience members will learn about:
The connection between the Suffragette Movement and Prohibition, and why the liquor industry was one of the biggest opponents of women's voting rights
The importance of bicycles in women's liberation and the scandals this caused in both transportation and attire
Songs that furthered the Suffrage cause--whether or not this was their composers' original intention!
And much more!
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